New York, NY, November 17, 2016 ... The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and data.world today announced the launch of a public, open data workspace to help understand and combat the rise of hate crimes. The new workspace offers instant access to ADL data alongside relevant data from the FBI and other authoritative sources, and provides citizens, journalists and lawmakers with tools to more effectively analyze, visualize and discuss hate crimes across the United States.
The new workspace was unveiled at ADL’s inaugural "Never Is Now" Summit on Anti-Semitism, a daylong event bringing together nearly 1,000 people in New York City to hear from an array of experts on developing innovative new ways to combat anti-Semitism and bigotry.
"Data drives policy. Knowing the nature and magnitude of a problem is the first step in addressing it effectively," said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL National Director. "This tool will help improve data collection efforts. The FBI numbers are an essential part of the puzzle but clearly incomplete so far."
The data.world platform helps people work together to solve important problems faster by providing a collaborative environment where anyone can discover, explore, share and discuss open data. At launch, the ADL workspace hosts several critical datasets, including the FBI’s recently released 2015 Hate Crime Statistics and ADL’s state-level data on hate crime laws. The data is structured for ease of exploration and accompanied by enhanced metadata, visualizations and documentation. Additional datasets will be added in the weeks and months ahead.
The workspace also features social capabilities to foster real-time collaboration with peers. Participants can efficiently work together to explore any facet of hate crime, from uncovering emerging trends to modeling how current events and policies may impact the rate and cadence of hate crime in the U.S. For example, this workspace has already been used to highlight hate crime incidents and laws by state.
"data.world was founded with the mission to maximize data’s impact on solving difficult societal problems," said Brett Hurt, data.world co-founder & CEO. "We are very proud to be chosen by the ADL to help foster an open, collaborative effort that will help us better understand and counter hate-motivated crimes."
About the Anti-Defamation League
The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 "to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all." Now the nation's premier civil rights/human relations agency, ADL fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all.
data.world strives to build the most meaningful, collaborative, and abundant data resource in the world. The company eases data discovery, collaboration, and use to solve the most complex academic, commercial, and societal problems. data.world operates as a public-benefit corporation and is headquartered in Austin, Texas. Visit data.world and follow @datadotworld and facebook.com/datadotworld for more information.